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APEC Preparing Initiative on Economic Inequality [viewed]

The Philippines will launch an “inclusive economies” initiative, in its role as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Chair in 2015. The initiative, which aims to combat inequality, will focus on joint actions to improve economic stability, job creation, productivity and wages, along with traditional drivers of growth, such as strengthening trade and investment.

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International Year of SIDS Closes with Reflections on Progress[viewed]

The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded on 26 January 2015. Activities during the Year highlighted the contributions of SIDS to the world and the challenges facing SIDS.

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IRENA Report Examines Renewables' Potential to Solve Water, Food and Energy Challenges[viewed]

A report on 'Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy and Food Nexus' released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy has the potential to generate significant water savings, increase long-term food sustainability and bolster energy security. The report highlights how renewables help ease the trade-offs among the water, agricultural and energy sectors through heightened water conservation, availability, accessibility and quality.

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World Bank Adopts GRI Taxonomy for Sustainability Reporting[viewed]

The World Bank announced that it is using a new taxonomy for sustainability, supplementing its web-based Sustainability Review 2014 with a stand-alone index of sustainability indicators that uses the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) Taxonomy. 
This taxonomy is meant to improve access for investors, auditors and analysts to information within sustainability reports.

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IRENA Study: Renewable Power Competitive with Fossil Fuels[viewed]

A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on the costs of generating electricity from renewable energy sources has found that power from a number of these sources is now competitive with, or cheaper than, fossil fuel-based electricity. According to the Agency, renewable sources outperform fossil fuels particularly when externalities, such as local pollution and negative environmental and human health impacts are accounted for.

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Event: World Environment Day 2015[viewed]

This day is celebrated annually on 5 June.

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Event: Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)[viewed]

The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place from 2-3 September 2015.

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Event: Third International Open Data Conference[viewed]

The Third International Open Data Conference 2015 will convene under the theme, ‘Enabling the Data Revolution'.

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Event: Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum[viewed]

The Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum is organised on the theme of 'Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda'.

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Event: European Council Meeting[viewed]

The European Council meeting, or 'EU Summit,' will be held in Brussels, Belgium.

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